I am the author of Tried & Tested – 101 Recipes. It is a cookery book, primarily aimed at beginners, but it could also be used by anyone who enjoys cooking and creating good, wholesome family meals.
I have worked in the catering industry for many years running restaurants in north-west England and Jersey, Channel Islands (which is renowned for fine dining).
When I’m not busy in the kitchen, I love spending time with my boyfriend of 22 years and my family, keeping fit, fishing, reading, walking in the New Forest and spending time with friends.
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What inspires you to write?
I am a complete foodie and love everything to do with the whole cooking experience. I love buying fresh ingredients, locally sourced, and turning them into delicious meals that are simple to cook, and were you don’t need an elaborate kitchen full of fancy gadgets. I just love sharing my passion for great food and inspiring other people to enjoy cooking.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have an idea of what I would like to cook, then I break it down into easy stages. I make notes as I work and then type up my recipe and add notes of what could be changed to make it taste better, or make it easier to cook without compromising on flavour. I love making something that is quick and easy, but is really nutritious and that the whole family would enjoy. I won’t stop working on a recipe until I am completely satisfied with it.
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What advice would you give other writers?
If you have a real passion for writing, then make a little time each day to indulge in your passion. I find that writing about something I truly care about is a great way of unwinding and relaxing. Never stop believing in yourself or your ability – we are all capable of great things!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Many years ago when I first started cooking, I was truly disappointed with a lot of recipes that I cam across. They simply werent going to work, or needed so many different ingredients that it would cost too much and leave me with a cupboard full of ingredients I had only used once.
So, I decided to keep my favourite recipes typed out and stored on my laptop so I wouldn’t lose them. Eventually, an idea formed at the back of my mind that my recipes could really help someone who was just starting out in the kitchen, or for people that just wanted a new twist on some classic recipes.
Once the idea was formed, I knew I had to do it and set about preparing a book with lots of helpful ideas, recipes and hints.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is looking really great! With the availability of e-readers it is now so easy for a potential author to self-publish their own work without having to suffer the crushing disappointments of publishing houses. The writing world is really opening up and so many people now have the chance to write best-selling books and to fulfil their personal dreams.
What genres do you write?
Cookery, Quick & Easy, Vegetarian
What formats are your books in?